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Current GB Under 16 international Defenceman Callum Burnett has re-signed for the Raiders having joined the squad on his 16th birthday in January this year, becoming the first player born in the 21st century to make a Raiders appearance.
Following the closure of the Romford rink, Callum moved to Slough Jets to progress through their junior ranks under the watchful eye of ex Raider Ben Pitchley, making appearances each year for South East in the Inter Regional Conference. Callum has also made 13 tournament appearances for Great Britain Under 16s, scoring twice with assists on two further goals.
Callum made his Raiders debut in an NIHL league game at Invicta in January 2017 just days after his 16th birthday having spent all season travelling with and supporting the team at training. He went on to make 16 appearances in all competitions for the Raiders, scoring once, the Raiders 4th goal in a 4-4 draw at Bracknell Hornets.
Coaches Blyth and Easton are very familiar with Callum’s talents and after recent GB under 16’s duties national coach Sean Easton summarised Callums appeal.
“Callum is an exciting up and coming prospect. Recently representing Great Britain u16s in Czech also last season in Madrid. Callum has good size and strength for his age,”
With an eye on the Raiders squad size this season Easton was keen to add.
“Callum will also be on a 2 way this year to make sure he keeps developing with good ice time”.
Callum was difficult to track down for his thoughts for the coming season but he interrupted an on ice session during a 6 week hockey camp in Penticton, British Columbia to chat through his hopes for the coming season. When he returns from Canada he will be straight into trials for the GB under 18’s.
“It is great to be in the squad again this season and my targets are just to play the best I can and develop. Getting back on ice with some familiar names from the old Romford junior system is also something I am looking forward to. I’d love to get more ice time and will do all I can to show that I can step up another level.”
“Last season the players and the fans made me so welcome and that helped my transition from Junior to Senior Hockey. I just want to fight hard for my spot and get a regular shift amongst the guys I used to train with as a junior. The two way we are working on will just ensure I get the all-important ice time and hopefully give me a chance to offer more to both teams.”
Callum is another with an eye to the future in the new showcase leisure centre development in Romford town centre where the Raiders will be playing in 2018.
“I am taking my level 1 coaching so hopefully I can start to put that to good use and help the coaching set up with the youngsters in the new junior programme.”
Welcome back Callum.
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